New Zealand shooting suspect Brenton Tarrant charged with murder in Christchurch court

New Zealand shooting suspect Brenton Tarrant charged with murder in Christchurch court

Tarrant, who grew up in the New South Wales town of Grafton, had been living in the southern city of Dunedin, about 360km south of Christchurch. His court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression. A raft of further charges are expected.

It was, in the words of PM Ardern, "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

In spite of this, a cult of personality has grown around Kjellberg, as evidenced by the "subscribe to Pewdiepie" meme evoked by the gunman, in which fans encourage people to subscribe to Kjellberg's channel so that he remains the most-followed person on YouTube.

Two Conservative MPs have also cancelled an event on Monday with a British parliamentarian who has been accused of promoting anti-Islamic sentiments "out of respect" for Muslims reeling from the attacks that killed 49 people.

The country had gun registration laws dating back to the 1800s, but in recent history, the most notable laws was the Arms Act of 1983 that banned the registration of certain long guns and required police to conduct background checks on anyone hoping to get a gun registration.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday inquires were ongoing to establish whether the other two were directly involved. She did not specify how the laws will be changed. "I'm sure this bloody crime doesn't represent the New Zealanders".

Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several who were born overseas.

If you want to give support to the families of victims more directly, donate to an organization doing just that: the New Zealand Council of Victim Support group.

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New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed in a press conference on March 15 that the death toll had risen to 49, with 41 worshipers gunned down at the Deans Avenue mosque in Christchurch during Friday prayers. He was set off by attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims.

The suspect who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for the attack.

Our national security threat level has been lifted from low to high. That was almost 30 years ago and was the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history, until Friday.

Ardern said the Australian suspect was not on any watch lists and did not have a criminal record.

They targeted Muslims specifically. "1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror".

Three men and one woman are in custody.

Two Indonesians, a father and son, were also among those shot and wounded, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. And in the video he livestreamed of his shooting, no remorse can be seen or heard.

The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. At the time this article was published, more than 7,000 people from around the world contributed. One mosque in Vancouver shared images of their front gates on Twitter. Another showed a pair of figures, one in a headscarf, embracing.

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